Topps’ National VIP promo cards will take collectors back to 1987

Collectors who opt for the VIP pass to enter this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will, at least one way, feel like it’s 1987 all over again.

That’s because of Topps‘ promo cards.

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Bill Madden collection auction closes Tuesday with legendary items

If you’re a younger collector, you may not know the name, but the memorabilia of a long-time (and Hall of Fame honored) sports writer is headed to the auction block.

He’s Bill Madden — fun fact for collectors is that he literally helped Donruss build its roster of Rated Rookies in 1984 Donruss — and a number of his treasures will be sold next week.

Among the more than 400 lots will be photos, programs, signed items, signed books, press pins and more from some of the biggest names in MLB history.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
176 of 300 (59 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Alomar, Anthony Rizzo, Eddie Murray, John Smoltz, Gary Sanchez, Ivan Rodriguez, Clayton Kershaw, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Correa, Tony Clark, Jimmie Foxx, Francisco Lindor, David Ortiz, Jose Altuve, George Brett, Derek Jeter, Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Roberto Clemente, Joe Morgan, Rollie Fingers, Ichiro Suzuki, Tony Perez, Carl Yastrzemski, Don Mattingly, Mike Piazza, Willie McCovey, Albert Pujols, Bo Jackson, Jim Palmer, Lou Gehrig, Buster Posey

Rookie Cards (24) – Ryon Healy, Raimel Tapia, German Marquez, David Dahl, Manny Margot, Tyler Glasnow, Jorge Alfaro, Rio Ruiz, Roman Quinn, Jose DeLeon, Teoscar Hernandez, Gavin Cecchini, Carlos Asuaje, Andrew Benintendi, Yulieski Gurriel, Jake Thompson, Alex Bregman, Hunter Dozier, T.J. Rivera, Tyler Austin, Jacoby Jones, Matt Strahm, Seth Lugo, Matt Olson

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Gallery: 2017 Leaf Pearl memorabilia & pre-auto cards (early info)

Details are still to come, but a new Leaf Trading Cards brand will include memorabilia cards from the biggest names in the history of sports.

The brand will be known as Pearl and cards will be printed on acetate to help reinforce the name via the feel of the cards.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards


What:
 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 30
Box basics:
 Two autographs per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Every autograph is on-card or a cut signature with “more case-level hits” this time around on “new high-end designs.”

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 16)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Plenty of baseball and some impressive pulls and projects.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 35
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Francisco Lindor, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Chipper Jones, Lloyd Waner, Pee Wee Reese, Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Stan Musial, Joe Jackson

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Ted Williams military memorabilia cards arrive in 2017 Diamond Kings

This just might be a baseball card to go gung-ho for.

It’s one of three Materials cards from The Ted Williams Collection found in packs of 2017 Panini Diamond Kings — all memorabilia cards with pieces of personally worn material from the Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox icon.

This one’s a bit different, though.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 30)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big breaks lead the way but some discussions are under way and some collecting goals were met.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Archives 65th MLB box (Hour 5)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition baseball box
The cost: Click here to view

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Kings baseball cards

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What: 2017 Historic Autographs Kings baseball cards
Arrives: Feb. 22
Box basics: Two autographs per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The first Historic Autographs release of the year goes high-end with a release that will be limited to just 80 cases.

Keep reading for more information.

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Unique Mickey Mantle autograph among cool items in Steiner auction

mantfos000000-2_medSometimes they just want a unique autograph.

Some vintage collectors out there may have a little bit of everything, which leaves them searching for unique pieces once they have all of the basics from when a past player was on the field. Sure, there are countless new cardboard creations for icons like Mickey Mantle, but this piece on the auction block from Steiner Sports is a bit different than the typical Mantle autograph.

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Need a 2016 Topps Dynasty baseball card checklist? It’s right here …

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The latest high-end Topps baseball card set is on its way soon and that means it’s time to see a checklist.

Topps released the final list for 2016 Topps Dynasty on Wednesday — a week before its release — and this will be one of the first places where Derek Jeter‘s autographs will be found as part of his new deal with the company.

But he’s not alone.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball

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What: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball
Arrives: January
Box basics: One cut signature card per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest cut autograph product will be all Hall of Famers as part of a made-to-order product with all serial-numbered cards encapsulated and printed on Metal Prismatic stock.

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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s

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What:
 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s
Arrives: Oct. 26
Box basics: Four PSA/DNA authenticated autograph card displays per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs revisits the 1970s with a new product that will be limited to just 400 total boxes with some surprises from that decade.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 28)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Jason Crosby’s Garbage Pail Kids sketches, Dak Prescott and Panini Origins, Diamond Kings, Colin Kaepernick and Mike Trout vs. Ted Williams.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby box)

16tpstadiumclubBBFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

ArrietaPacks per box: 16
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 128
Base set completion: 
110 of 300 (37 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Jake Arrieta, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Yu Darvish, Nomar Garciaparra, Addison Russell, Willie Mays, Greg Maddux, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Mike Trout, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (13) – Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Blake Snell, Tyler White, Hector Olivera, Luke Jackson, Zach Lee, Luis Severino, Michael Reed, Ketel Marte, Max Kepler, Colin Rea

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-98Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
175 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Satchel Paige, Carl Yastrzemski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Trout, Stan Musial, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner, Kris Bryant, Ted Williams, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron.

Rookie Cards (25) – Kaleb Cowart, Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Colin Rea, Kyle Waldrop, Zack Godley, Jose Peraza, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Matt Reynolds, Mac Williamson, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Ketel Marte, Miguel Almonte, Aaron Nola, Brandon Drury, Peter O’Brien, Raul Mondesi, Travis Jankowski, Jon Gray, Socrates Brito, Gary Sanchez.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs
2016-TRISTAR-Quest-Discovery-1Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Five envelopes per box — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR is creating this one solely for breakers, giving online collectors a shot at some of the biggest autographs possible in the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos

TRISTAR1What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos
Arrives: May 18
Box basics: 
One autographed photo per pack (30 packs per case; two 15-pack displays)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures line of packaged memorabilia moves back to photos for its next release with a lineup that includes past greats and big names of today.

Keep reading for more about what’s in this one.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Flawless baseball cards

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What:
 2016 Panini Flawless baseball cards
Arrives: June 1
Box basics:  Six autographs, two memorabilia cards and two jewel cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless comes to baseball with the elite names from the past and the biggest names of the present to go with the elite high-end price tag.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Buzz Break: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards


2012-panini-cooperstown-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.


mattyThe box:
 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 120
Base set completion: 
86 of 150 (57 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Christy Mathewson (all base cards are Hall of Famers)

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What surprises may be found in 2016 Topps baseball card packs?

Screen-Shot-2016-01-11-at-11.41.52-AMAn early version of the 2016 Topps Series 1 baseball checklist arrived on Tuesday and that first glimpse offered a few surprises before its arrival on Feb. 3.

But there are also undoubtedly more still to come.

The First Pitch cards showing celebrities making ceremonial appearances? They’re not on the checklist but are confirmed as still coming. There’s no note of variations or short-printed cards for the release — we all know those are coming. They always do.

What else? Keep reading for a rundown of what’s known and notable from the checklist

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Just For Fun: Can you identify which years these vintage baseball card photographs were used?

MantleWhen someone says “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” there’s simply one image that comes to mind for collectors — the image of the Oklahoma-born slugger looking over his right shoulder where his Louisville Slugger resides.

The blue hues and the yellow bat — the results of colorized images back in those days — are dramatically different than what we often expect from the cardboard of today, yet they are the basis of everything, too.

Seeing one of these memorable card images recently got Buzz wondering whether fellow collectors would be able to identify photographs from memorable vintage baseball card sets — but without the accoutrement that make 1952 look like 1952 or 1965 look like 1965.

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards

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What:
 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards
Arrives: January 2016
Box basics: One autograph, one memorabilia card, four base cards and one mini per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: SportKings returns with a new mix of cards that includes numbered autographed parallels and buyback autographs for stars throughout the sports world (and even a few from elsewhere) on the famed design from the 1930s.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Iconic Sports Illustrated covers can be quite collectable & sometimes quite valuable, too (gallery)

SIcoverWillSmithIf you’ve watched any NFL games this season, you’ve likely heard the word “concussion” many times as the league has implemented new tests on players to help prevent future problems by assessing the here and now immediately following a hard hit.

On Christmas Day, a film about the issue of concussions in football called Concussion opens in theaters. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the film during NFL games.

Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It’s a real-life issue that has affected more than 80 former players — many you’ve seen on football cards and might have collected. The movie is an important one and Sports Illustrated has Smith on its cover this week to discuss the movie.

Is it the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover of the highly collectable sports magazine?

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